RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Talkies

RAOUL DAVIS (raoul1@home.com)
Sat, 01 May 1999 03:12:49 +0000 Hardboiled fans might be interested in an article called
"Big Talk" in the latest issue of Scenario magazine.I got it on the
newstand but they do have a web version. Article is about
the writing of pre-code Hollywood gangster and crime
films mostly in the 1930s. Interesting info about the backgrounds of
these writers and how much of what they wrote, Public Enemy.
Scarface,The Big House etc. was translated from their own experience as
crime reporters, bootleggers, or even armed
robbers.Lots of great tough guy dialogue is quoted. Some of these
writers were pretty hardboiled in person. It says they used to carry
guns with them to the movie studio and when they started hitting the
bootleg gin (Alan Ravkin, John Huston and P.J. Wolfson are mentioned)
might fire some rounds at each other.Gangsta rappers had nothing on
old-time screenwriters!

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